HealthStudy: Minority Kids Less Likely to be Diagnosed with ADHD

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Minority children are less likely than white children to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study in Pediatrics revealed.

The study, which was published online on June 24, also showed that medication use to treat the neurobehavioral disorder was also lower for all minority kids.

"What that suggests in our study is that there are children who are likely deserving of a diagnosis, but who aren't receiving a diagnosis, which raises the question of a lack of treatment," study author Paul Morgan, director of the educational risk initiative at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pa., told HealthDay.

Children with ADHD typically have problems focusing, controlling their behavior, being overactive or a combination of those symptoms. It typically is diagnosed in childhood, but can persist through adulthood. A May report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that about 7 percent of U.S. children between the ages of 3 and 17 have ADHD, making it the most prevalent mental health disorder among children.

Symptoms include having a hard time paying attention, daydreaming a lot, not listening, being easily distracted, forgetting things, an inability to sit still, talking too much, not being able to stay quiet at appropriate times, impulsively acting out or interrupting others.

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